WK3_SOC2460_SP11 - SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011...

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SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:20, 253 Malott Hall Discussion Sections on Fridays (1) 2:30PM-3:20PM MCG 125 (2) 2:30PM-3:20PM MRL 111 (3) 1:25PM-2:15PM MRL 111 (4) 10:10AM-11:00AM MCG 125 Instructor: Douglas Heckathorn, Professor of Sociology 344 Uris Hall 255 4368 255-4368 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 or by appointment Teaching Assistants Teaching Assistants: Patrick Park Kyle Albert
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Social Dilemmas in Drug Use and Control A theoretic framework which underlies my own research on HIV prevention is summarized in the ideology article, and also provides a framework for organizing the literature in the field. –T h i s c o u r s e f o c u s e s o n c a s e s w h e r e c o n t r o l o f b e h a v i o r i s problematic, e.g., that is a way in which food differs from drugs –t h e r e i s n o i n t e r e s t i n g s o c i a l s c i e n c e o f a p p l e s , o r o f t o t a l l y benign drugs such as aspirin control becomes problematic only when there is some form of conflict of interest. 2
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Social Dilemmas in Drug Use and Control There are many possible types of conflicts of interest, –s o m e m i n o r a n d e a s i l y r e s o l v e d , –o t h e r s m i n o r b u t l e a v e r e s i d u a l h a r d f e e l i n g , Major conflicts can either leading to closer relationships, or they can also destroy relationships; so there are many possibilities. •I t i s u s e f u l t o e x p l o r e t h e r a n g e o f p o s s i b l e f o r m s o f c o n f l i c t s of interes —This is the topic of the paper on ideology of interest This is the topic of the paper on ideology. –I t a s k s t h e q u e s t i o n , w h y a r e t h e r e so few basic types of ideology? –A n s w e r a n i d e o l o g y p r o v i d e s a n i m a g e of the way in which individual interests can conflict with the collective good There are only a modest number of ideologies, because there are only a limited umber of ways in which conflicts between the individual and the group can arise 3
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Social Dilemmas in Drug Use and Control The paper suggests that there are only 5 basic ideologies, each corresponding to a different relationship between individual and collective interests that is definable as a different “game” •T h i s p r o v i d e s a w a y o f u n d e r s t a n d i n g t h e d i f f e r e n c e between conservatives and liberals anarchists and between conservatives and liberals, anarchists and libertarians 4
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Social Dilemmas in Drug Use and Control In the context of this course, it also provides a way of explaining Why different drugs are regulated (or not regulated) in different ways –W h a t i s t h e b a s i s f o r d e b a t e s a b o u t d r u g - c o n t r o l p o l i c y Why and how forms of control evolve over time –A d v o c a t e s o n e a c h s i d e c a n b e s e e n a s p r e s u m i n g a different interest structure linking individual and collective interests, i.e., a different game
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